Jim Jarmusch’s returns after a four year hiatus with a loose, otherworldly tale about characters who have been around even longer than him. The Only Lovers Left Alive are a vampire couple (the exciting pairing of Tilda Swinton and Tom Huddleston) who after hundreds of years of cultural curation see themselves as the last bastions of taste in a world largely without it.
A car park, the stony banks of a lake, and the woodland area that connects the two – these are the sole locations in which Stranger By The Lake takes place. Alain Guiraudie directs this quiet erotic thriller with a deadpan tone and an edge of surreal humour, and the results are well deserving of the plaudits received in Cannes.
The Asia House Pan-Asia Film Festival 2014 includes 7 UK premieres and 2 London premieres. Highlights include a Japanese remake of a revered Clint Eastwood western, a Chinese adaptation of a famous novel and film starring Zhang Ziyi, a dramatisation of India’s Bhopal tragedy starring Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton and Kal Penn, a thriller about honour killing in the British-Asian community starring Paddy Considine, an archive gala screening to mark the centenary of renowned Japanese director Noboru Nakamura, plus acclaimed new films from Thailand, Cambodia and Iran – a positive celluloid explosion that reflects what’s happening in Asian cinema today.